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Along with its neighbour, Playa de las Americas , Los Cristianos is one of Tenerife 's biggest tourist developments. But even so, the resort has managed to retain some of its original Canarian charm and locals still choose to live there. The resort's focal point is the pedestrianised harbour area, which is full of traditional Canarian fishing boats, as well as small ferries, which transport visitors to the smaller island of La Gomera, Quieter than the vibrant younger resort of Playa de las Americas, with only a handful of late night clubs, the resort is a popular choice for families and older couples. There's a large sandy beach to enjoy, plenty of small stores where you can buy the basics and a wealth of excellent eateries to discover. And don't forget the market, held in the town every Sunday.
Before becoming a major tourist area, Los Cristianos was a sleepy fishing village. While some fishing boats remain, they have been joined by international yachts, catamarans, ferries and hydrofoils. The short trip over to the neighbouring island of La Gomera is recommended for its peace and serenity.
Whale and dolphin trips
It's an unforgettable experience when you first spot a dolphin or whale pop up from the surface of the water. Sailing boats, catamarans and glass-bottomed boats will take visitors out to see the whales and dolphins for which the area is famous. There's a chance to spot pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and more than 20 other species.
Mount Teide National Park
There is an incredible range of plants and animal life, excellent hiking trails and awe-inspiring views in the Mount Teide National Park ' an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A cable car takes visitors up Mount Teide ' the highest point in Spain ' and from the top, it's possible to see all of the Canary Islands on a clear day. Just be sure to take some extra clothing as temperatures can drop considerably at the top.
Playa de los Cristianos beach is next to the harbour. The larger beach, called Playa de la Vistas beach has a blue flag award and is possibly the best beach in Tenerife and perfect for families. There are also other excellent, sheltered beaches within easy reach.
From jet skiing, windsurfing and parascending, to pedaloes and banana boat rides, all tastes are catered for when it comes to water sports in Los Cristianos. There are also plenty of scuba diving centres nearby, offering dives for all abilities with warm, clear sea and caves, corals and spectacular sea life. Youngsters will love AquaPark Octopus with its water slides, adventure rides and dolphinarium.
Los Cristianos has a variety of restaurants, music venues, theme pubs and Karaoke bars, yet it is still relatively quiet compared to its immediate neighbour, Playa de las Américas. For those looking for no-holds barred good time that lasts into the early hours then Playa is just minutes away. February/March is Carnival time on Tenerife, offering a chance to see how the locals enjoy a good time.
You'll also find plenty of great value accommodation in Los Cristianos, so a cheap Tenerife holiday booked through Direct Holidays will guarantee a cheap and fun time.